Volunteering hobby turns into job offer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 January 2015

Jon Whitfield

Jon Whitfield

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FOR some people, doing your bit for charity can really pay off - which is exactly what happened to Weston's Jon Whitfield.

Jon, aged 33 and of Penrice Close, began his journey with Weston Hospicecare as a volunteer, but has now taken up a paid role as an online trading assistant manager.

Jon said: “I started volunteering for Weston Hospicecare in June 2013 after being made redundant. My neighbour volunteers in one of the shops and she often tells me how it keeps her busy.

“I knew volunteering would look great on my CV to show my time between jobs was spent productively. Plus there was the chance to meet new people and gain some useful experience while I waited for employers to get back to me.”

A week after applying Jon attended an interview to discuss his suitability for the volunteering roles he had chosen. Seven days later he began his volunteering by attending an induction day.

Jon (pictured) said: “My friends and family kept asking me about the positive change in my demeanour and how much more energy I seemed to have. Volunteering genuinely gave me a feel good factor that I needed to improve my attitude.

“I was extremely lucky to be volunteering for the charity at the time when they were looking for paid staff. However, I am confident in saying that I would never have secured this position if it wasn’t for the skills, professionalism and workmanship I learnt while giving my time to Weston Hospicecare.

“I would absolutely recommend volunteering. The opportunity has helped me to become the person I am today - and that person is a lot more knowledgeable, approachable and happy.”

If you’re interested in volunteering call the team on 01934 423975 or visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk

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